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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Dec 6, 2011 10:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: No excuse necessary ...

I think I see it as controversial since I've seen a lot of debate over whether it is worth listening to or not. It's one of the more out-there dark stars with lots of ambient Phil bombs and wild feedback. I think it is definitely worthwhile although I don't often have the patience to listen to it all the way through.

It's also a bit unusual, in that it does not actually begin at any definitive point, the band just sort of oozes into it (reminds of the famed Watkins Glen jam). The structure of it is also somewhat unusual, although I haven't listened to it in a while so I don't remember exactly how - I believe the order of the different sections is somehow "inverted" (at least this is how I've heard it described).

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 6, 2011 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: No excuse necessary ...

Re: Structure of 12/6/73 Dark Star. Generally speaking, most Dark Stars begin with some structure and get progressively spacier. This one is the other way around to some extent -- although the scariest, spaciest part is right in the middle.